Gabriel Hesse, 40, was ordered held on $2 million bail during a brief court hearing Monday in Enfield Superior Court. Judge Stewart B. Rosen transferred Hesse’s case to Hartford Superior Court where Hesse is scheduled to appear on Dec. 3.
Court records say a neighbor of Halsey “Sunny” Hesse reported to police that he overheard the father and son having an argument about three weeks before the killing.
The neighbor “heard the two yelling at each other and at one point heard” the father say he “was sick of helping” his son out and that “he’s gotten himself into enough trouble,” an arrest warrant affidavit said.
The neighbor told police that Halsey Hesse told his son he “was washing my hands of you,” the affidavit said.
Gabriel Hesse was arrested Friday and charged with murder. Halsey Hesse was found face down and covered in blood in the kitchen of his South Main Street trailer home on Oct. 9.
An autopsy performed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s determined that Halsey Hesse had been stabbed at least 70 times.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Gabriel Hesse called 911 on the morning of Oct. 9 from his father’s home to report finding him dead.
Subsequent search warrants and interviews with friends and neighbors of both Gabriel and Halsey Hesse led authorities to identify the son as a suspect, the affidavit said.
According to the affidavit, police found a flat head screwdriver in the cab of Gabriel Hesse’s truck and a pair of black sneakers hidden behind tires at his house. Both items had blood on them that was later determined to have come from Halsey Hesse.
Police also found video evidence of Gabriel Hesse driving in and out of the trailer complex on the day of Halsey Hesse’s death, even though he claimed not to have been at the trailer park that day.
According to the affidavit, a personal safe belonging to Halsey Hesse was discovered missing on the day that his body was found. Police determined through a search of Gabriel Hesse’s cellphone that he had been on the internet searching for “how to open a sentry safe digital,” the affidavit said.
Gabriel Hesse also told a friend that he had used tools to get into a safe and that the safe wouldn’t be found because it was “floatin," according to the affidavit.
Police also found a credit card in Halsey Hesse’s name in Gabriel Hesse’s pickup with a receipt showing an air impact wrench was purchased six hours after Halsey Hesse was reported dead. Other evidence showed that Gabriel Hesse used that credit card to purchase new shoes, a belt and hat, gasoline, cigarettes and alcohol on Oct. 8, the day police believe Halsey Hesse was killed, the affidavit said.
According to court records, a friend of Halsey Hesse told police that Hesse changed the locks of his home after his wallet was stolen from inside the house. Halsey Hesse reported the theft to police after he learned the credit card was used illegally.
An investigation by East Windsor police showed that Gabriel Hesse had used the card but Halsey Hesse refused to press charges against his son, court records said. The friend told police that Halsey Hess did not give his son a key when he changed the locks.
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The neighbor described Gabriel Hesse “as a heroin addict” and that he had seen him selling drugs, the affidavit said.
After police seized Gabriel Hesse’s pickup as evidence, Gabriel Hesse spent $80 on multiple round-trip taxi rides to Hartford to buy heroin, the affidavit said.
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